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Daily NEWS Summary: 19.01.2021

The SC panel will meet with state governments and agricultural unions starting January 21; Delhi Police Call on Farmers to Stay Out of National Capital on Republic Day

Supreme Court-appointed Agricultural Affairs Committee has decided to meet with state governments and national agricultural marketing boards, as well as agricultural unions and farm cooperatives. reform the laws, effective January 21.

  • The group established a two-month roadmap for the consultations after its first meeting on Tuesday. Meanwhile, at the Singhu border, protesting farm union leaders met again with senior Delhi police officials, who asked them to hold their Republic Day tractor parade on the highways, peripherals outside Delhi instead of entering the city.
  • The Supreme Court will hear the issue again on Wednesday, just hours before union leaders and central ministers meet for the 10th round of negotiations.
  • The talks were originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but were postponed until Wednesday afternoon. The SC-appointed committee began work on Tuesday, outlining a plan for broad consultations on controversial farm laws, including a proposal to create a portal to accept comments online.
  • The protesting unions made it clear that they were not interested in participating in the panel, but intended to continue the process of direct dialogue with the Center.
  • Several union leaders have privately expressed concern over the tenth round of talks being postponed for a day and feared that the Center would use the court events in the morning to influence the afternoon talks.

Repeal of agricultural laws is the only solution to break the deadlock: Rahul Gandhi

At a press conference ahead of the 10th round of talks between protesting farmers and the Union government, the former president of the Congressman Rahul Gandhi said today that the new farm laws were “designed to destroy” agriculture and create monopolies for three or four capitalists.

  • Publishing a pamphlet on agricultural laws titled “Kheti ka Khoon” (Murder of Agriculture) to highlight the plight of farmers, he said repealing the laws was the only way out of the deadlock.
  • Agricultural laws would destroy the Mandi system; farmers won’t get the price they deserve and the middle class will pay a price for food they never imagined, he said.

India beat Australia by 3 wickets to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Indian cricket team saddled with broken bones and battered bodies has shown a zeal never seen before to retain the coveted Border-Trophy Gavaskar with a historic three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final round here, successfully chasing a 328-point goal to seal the four-game series 2-1.

  • This is only India’s second victory in a series of tests in Australia. Rishabh Pant (89 without 138 balls) played a central role in chasing the wicket goal on day five and ended the home side’s 32-year unbeaten streak at “Fortress Gabba” in Brisbane. BCCI announced a Bonus of Rs 5 crore for the triumphant Indian team.

India asks WhatsApp to remove privacy policy

The Indian government has asked WhatsApp to remove recent changes to the privacy policy of the messaging app, saying the unilateral changes are neither fair nor acceptable. In a forceful letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said India is home to the largest WhatsApp user base in the world and is one of the larger markets for its services.

  • The proposed changes to WhatsApp’s terms of service and privacy policy “raise serious concerns about the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens,” he wrote.
  • The ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the proposed changes and reconsider its approach to information privacy, freedom of choice and data security. Stating that Indians should be properly respected, he said: “Any unilateral change to WhatsApp’s terms of service and privacy would not be fair or acceptable.”

Access to the Red Fort was restricted for fear of bird flu

After a sample taken from a dead crow found in the Red Fort tested positive for bird flu, orders were issued to restrict public entry to the monument, the authorities said authorities on Tuesday.

  • About fifteen crows were found dead in the Red Fort facilities a few days ago. Public entry to the monument was restricted until January 26 as a precaution.
  • On Saturday, samples from a dead owl at the Delhi Zoo tested positive for bird flu. Last week, the Delhi government banned the sale of processed and packaged chicken outside the city and ordered the closure of the Ghazipur poultry market in eastern Delhi for 10 days after crows and ducks were sampled in the parks. and lakes of the country’s capital. tested positive for avian flu.

The program for JEE and NEET should not be reduced

The program of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility Test (NEET) will not be reduced in 2021, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday. However, since several Class 12 boards have scaled down their curricula this year, the Engineering and Medical Entrance Tests will offer more options in their question paper models. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cut its Class 12 Council exam schedule by 30% due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,05,94,880 at the time of this newsletter, with a death toll of 1,52,763. At a press conference, NITI member Aayog (Health) VK Paul said today that concerns about side effects and serious problems after vaccination now seem insignificant and emphasized that both vaccines are safe.

  • Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said: “According to the data available so far, only 0.18% is the post-vaccination adverse event (AEFI) and 0.002 is the percentage of people hospitalized after vaccination. They are quite low, in fact the lowest in the world for the first three days. He added that India recorded the highest number of vaccinations on the first day for Covid-19 vaccination.

In a heartbreaking traffic accident, 15 Rajasthan migrant workers sleeping on a sidewalk were killed after a truck crushed them on Monday night in Surat, Gujarat. The accident occurred near the town of Kosamba, about 60 kilometers from Surat, police said. While 14 died on the spot, one person died at the hospital. Several other wounded were hospitalized.

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